UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Straw veto violates rule of law – Howarth

Press Release   •   Jan 06, 2010 10:55 GMT

“Jack Straw is acting as a judge in his own cause. This is a fundamental violation of the concept of the rule of law," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Justice Secretary.

Commenting on today’s Information Commissioner report criticising Jack Straw for blocking the release of Cabinet committee minutes from 1997 discussing devolution to Scotland and Wales, David Howarth said:

“The Information Commissioner is absolutely right to say the use of this power threatens the independence of the judiciary.

“It seems that vetoing the release of Cabinet minutes is becoming routine.

“Jack Straw is acting as a judge in his own cause. This is a fundamental violation of the concept of the rule of law.”